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Tulane University Law School

Tulane Law School offers a three-year, full-time program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Students take 29 credits of required courses during the first year of the JD program. During the second and third years of the JD program, students take one 3-credit required course entitled Legal Profession, and design their own courses of study by selecting electives for the remaining 56 credit hours required for the degree. Tulane uses a semester schedule, and JD students must enroll as full-time students in six fall and spring semesters. Optional summer programs are offered in New Orleans and in six other locations throughout the world. In addition, students may enroll in a one-week January Intersession program before the start of the spring semester; the Intersession course offerings emphasize skills training.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 743
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.63
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.07%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.0%
Tuition $43,684

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About Tulane University Law School

Tulane Law School offers a three-year, full-time program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Students take 29 credits of required courses during the first year of the JD program. During the second and third years of the JD program, students take one 3-credit required course entitled Legal Profession, and design their own courses of study by selecting electives for the remaining 56 credit hours required for the degree. Tulane uses a semester schedule, and JD students must enroll as full-time students in six fall and spring semesters. Optional summer programs are offered in New Orleans and in six other locations throughout the world. In addition, students may enroll in a one-week January Intersession program before the start of the spring semester; the Intersession course offerings emphasize skills training.

Reviews

Tulane University Law School is “extremely enjoyable because it provides you with the same resources as all the top law schools, with a more laid-back atmosphere.” “The quality of teaching is superb.” The “world-renowned faculty” here is full of “experts and kick-ass attorneys” who are “funny, extremely smart, and extremely approachable.” “They are highly qualified and accomplished but remain accessible and down-to-earth.” Some students call the administration “ridiculously awesome,” too. The deans are “nice and helpful,” they say, “and most of them teach a 1L or 2L class, which gives you the opportunity to be exposed to them early on in your career.” More critical students call the management merely “vaguely competent.”Tulane is home to “quite a few unique programs and strengths.” In addition to “excep­tional clinical opportunities” and a host of dual-degree programs, students edit no fewer than eight journals. Tulane also offers certificates in international and comparative law, admiralty law, environmental law, sports law, and civil law. Also, Louisiana is a civil law state (whereas every other state is a common law state), so students are exposed to two very different legal systems. “The ability to follow a common law or civil law track not only opens up opportunities in Louisiana, but it also makes an international law career more feasible.” The big academic complaint here is the research and writing program. “I am not sure whoever designed it has ever heard the term ‘best practices,’” speculates a 1L. “If you came as a strong technical writer, you will leave with no new skills. If you did not, you are on your own.”Students note that the academic program is competitive and challenging, and it is impor­tant to maintain strong performance if you want to gain the interest of local employers.Tulane is “extremely active in helping everyone secure summer employment and beyond.” Students also note that their school’s brand name is often a real advantage on a resume. “We’re the best law school in Louisiana, and the firms know it,” brags a 2L. “We are not all competing for the same thirty spots at the top law firm in our city because our goals are incredibly diverse,” adds a 2L.Facilities wise, Tulane has “a wonderful library.” Some students say that “classrooms are nice.” Others disagree. “The actual building and classrooms are forgettable,” they tell us. “The horrid ergonomics of it all!” bemoans a 2L. “To plug in your laptop can take two minutes and can set the stage for an awkward encounter with the person sitting next to you while you fumble around under the table like a teenager on a first date.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 9

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 248

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 4 years JD/MHA - 4 years JD/MPH - 4 years JD/MSW - 4 years JD/MACCT - 4 years JD/MS Int'l Devel - 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • International
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 92
Full-Time Faculty 54
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 4
Part-Time Faculty 34
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 50% Male
50% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Multi-racial 2%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,684 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $43,684 $43,684

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$58,005 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 163
LSAT Total 156 - 163

Tulane University Law School's entering class of enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.23 - 3.63
Total 3.23 - 3.63

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Recommendations, Interview, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 80%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 77%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 47 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 17 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 9 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 10 4%
Business Industry 53 23%
Government 24 10%
Public Interest 11 5%
Federal Clerkship 15 6%
State Clerkship 14 6%
Academia 5 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 12 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
LA 38%
TX 11%
NY 8%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Tulane University Law School include:

  • Edith Clement - US Ct of Appeals judge
  • Jacques Wiener - US Court of Appeals judge
  • John Minor Wisdom - judiciary
  • William Suter - US Supreme Court clerk
  • William Pryor - US Ct of Appeals judge

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